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Budget Friendly Orlando

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By AAA Travel Editor Sherry Mims
February 03, 2022
“Budget” and “Orlando” are terms that can make sense together if you plan ahead when you visit Orlando. Consider experiencing a few affordable theme park offerings and then heading to local attractions that are both easy on your wallet and fun things to do.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Winter Park, Florida
(407) 645-5311
If you want a word-class experience at a good price, you can find one in nearby Winter Park. The museum features a sizable collection from Louis Comfort Tiffany as well as works from other well-known artists and sculptors. Highlights include the colorful reconstructed chapel and daffodil-detailed columns moved from Laurelton Hall, Tiffany’s onetime estate in Long Island, New York.
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Disney Springs®

Lake Buena Vista, Florida
(407) 934-7781
Though there’s plenty you could spend money on here, you’ll want to enjoy the ambience and only browse if you want to conserve cash. With numerous stores and restaurants in four “neighborhoods,” this entertainment hub remains a fun place to go. In The Ganachery, you might even receive a free sample of chocolate.
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Lake Eola Park

Orlando, Florida
(407) 246-4484
Locals love the City Beautiful’s downtown park. It’s the place to play with your dog, hang out with friends or take a break. In addition to the large fountain, sculptures dot the park and add interest. Check out the Walt Disney Theater, where the rainbow-colored Walt Disney Amphitheater hosts occasional events.
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The Mennello Museum of American Art

Orlando, Florida
(407) 246-4278
On a pleasant day, you’ll want to lounge on an Adirondack chair by the cultural institution's sculpture garden. Though there are many attractions within Orlando Loch Haven Park, you’ll want to save money by hanging out by the sculptures and visiting another interesting landmark, the Mayor, a large oak tree out front that’s thought to be one of the oldest in Central Florida.
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Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Orlando, Florida
(407) 503-4000
If you must stay on-site at an Orlando theme park, check out one of Universal’s more moderately priced Orlando resorts. The fun retro décor is as much a draw as the activities, which are considerable. You can exercise in the Jack LaLanne-themed fitness center, float down the lazy river or play a game in the upstairs bowling alley (for a small fee). There’s also a shuttle to Universal CityWalk™, where you can shop, dine or enjoy nightlife if you choose.
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